Child’s Play: Rising Rate Of ADHD Diagnosis Parallel With Youth Mobile Device Use

young African American boy sitting in kitchen looking at cell phone

Remember the uproar on video games causing behavioral problems? Well, mobile devices like cell phones and tablets may be the new video games. As technology makes entertainment and information more convenient, the attention spans of children are getting shorter at an alarming rate. In many cases, these short attention spans are a sign of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The feeling of putting down a mobile electronic device and dealing with the real world has been compared to stepping off of a moving walkway at the airport. Everything just seems, well… slower.

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In the past two decades, ADHD has become the most common behavioral disorder among children.